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    21 DIY Summer Cocktail Recipes: Countdown to Summer Solstice

    June 20, 2013

    Our countdown to the summer solstice continues! Build on your already amazing summer appetizer menu with these incredible cocktail recipes. While you're at it, check out our 4th of July barbeque recipes, gorgeous pool party venues, or summer party places for more inspiration!

    1. Pisco Sour II

    Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com
    Photo Credit: jamesandeverett.com

    Ingredients
    2 cups pisco
    1 cup fresh lime juice
    1 egg white
    1 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
    2 cups crushed ice
    aromatic bitters

    Preparation


    1. Blend the pisco, lime juice, egg white, sugar, and ice in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into fluted glasses and top each with 1 to 2 dashes of the aromatic bitters to serve.


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    2. Alegria

    Recipe courtesy of Sarah Hobbs via taste.com
    Photo Credit: taste.com

    Ingredients
    2 oranges, cut into 8 wedges
    1 ruby red grapefruit, coarsely chopped
    2 tbs caster sugar
    1 cup crushed ice
    125ml (1/2 cup) white rum
    125ml (1/2 cup) limoncello
    125ml (1/2 cup) chilled tonic water

    Preparation


    1. Place the orange, grapefruit and sugar in a plastic bowl. Use the end of a rolling pin to pound until lightly crushed.

    2. Divide orange mixture among serving glasses. Top with ice. Pour over the rum, limoncello and tonic water to serve.


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    3. Cherry Smash


    Recipe courtesy of eatingwell.com via delish.com
    Photo Credit: Ken Burris via delish.com

     

    Ingredients
    1 cup pitted fresh or frozen (thawed) cherries
    1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
    8 teaspoon(s) sugar
    6 ounces (3/4 cup) dark rum
    1/4 cup lime juice
    3 cups cherry-flavored seltzer

    Preparation


    1. Divide cherries, mint leaves, and sugar among 4 glasses. Mash everything together with the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in rum and lime juice. Fill glasses with ice and top with seltzer. Garnish with mint sprigs.


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    4. Pimm's Cup

    Recipe courtesy of Eben Freeman via epicurious.com
    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Perrin via epicurious.com

     

    Ingredients
    About 1 cup ice cubes
    1/4 cup (2 ounces) Pimm's No. 1
    6 tablespoons (3 ounces) ginger beer or ginger ale
    1 cucumber slice
    1 sprig fresh mint (5 to 6 leaves)

    Preparation


    1. Fill highball glass with ice. Add Pimm's, then top with ginger beer, garnish with cucumber slice and mint sprig, and serve.


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    5. Watermelon Vodka Slush

    Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com
    Photo Credit: allrecipes.com

     

    Ingredients
    4 cups watermelon flesh, seeds removed
    2 fluid ounces simple syrup
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 cup vodka
    2 fluid ounces melon liqueur
    4 twists lemon zest, garnish

    Preparation


    1. In a food processor, puree the watermelon flesh. Pour the pureed watermelon into empty ice cube trays and freeze for at least 4 hours. Also, freeze 4 martini glasses.

    2. In a blender combine the frozen watermelon cubes, simple syrup, lemon juice, vodka, and melon liqueur; blend until smooth. Pour into 4 frozen martini glasses and garnish each with a lemon twist.


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    6. Spiced Pineapple Cocktail

    Recipe courtesy of marthastewart.com
    Photo Credit: Anders Schønnemann via marthastewart.com">marthastewart.com

    Ingredients
    1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes), plus wedges for serving
    3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
    1 cup pineapple juice
    2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple cubes
    1/4 cup triple sec
    1/3 cup tequila
    2 cups ice
    1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

    Preparation


    1. Stir together lime juice and agave nectar; add to a blender, along with pineapple juice, pineapple, triple sec, tequila, and ice. Blend until smooth and frothy.

    2. In a small shallow bowl or saucer, combine chili powder, sugar, and salt. Rub a lime wedge around the rims of four glasses, then dip glasses in spice mix to coat. Divide drink among glasses and serve with lime wedges.


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    7. Mojito

    Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello via cookingchanneltv.com
    Photo Credit: cookingchanneltv.com

    Ingredients
    1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned
    1 cup sugar
    4 lemons, juiced
    4 limes, juiced
    Ice cubes
    1 (750 ml bottle) light rum
    1 liter club soda

    Preparation


    1. In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with sugar and lemon and lime juices until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Pour into glasses, straining out mint. Enjoy!


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    8. The Ultimate Gin & Tonic

    Recipe courtesy of saveur.com
    Photo Credit: Todd Coleman via saveur.com

    Ingredients
    1½ oz. gin, preferably a floral brand such as Hendrick's
    1 lime wheel
    1 lemon wheel
    2 juniper berries
    1 Lemon verbena leaf
    1 edible flower, such as nasturtium
    Tonic water to top, preferably Fever Tree

    Preparation


    1. Add gin, lime and lemon wheels, juniper berries, lemon verbena and flower to an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with tonic water to taste.


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    9. Tabernacle Crush

    Recipe courtesy of foodandwine.com
    Photo Credit: John Kernick via foodandwine.com

    Ingredients
    1/2 large peach, sliced
    6 small basil leaves, plus more for garnish
    1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
    1 1/2 ounces gin
    1 ounce Lillet
    1/2 ounce simple syrup
    Ice
    Club soda

    Preparation


    1. In a tall glass, muddle the peach with the 6 basil leaves and the lemon juice. Add the gin, Lillet and simple syrup. Add ice cubes and top with club soda. Garnish with basil.


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    10. Strawberry Margarita
     

    Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri via foodnetwork.com
    Photo Credit: tequilacamarena.com

    Ingredients
    2 cups crushed ice
    1/2 cup strawberry puree (frozen can or fresh strawberries, pureed)
    1 cup tequila
    2 limes, juiced
    Splash Triple Sec
    Splash simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, then cooled)

    Preparation


    1. Combine in a blender, ice, strawberry water, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and simple syrup. Puree until smooth. Pour into rocks glasses and serve.


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    11. Ginger Shandies

    Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine via delish.com
    Photo Credit: Tina Rupp via delish.com

    Ingredients
    3 bottle(s) (11.2-ounce) chilled Hoegaarden beer
    1 bottle(s) (12-ounce) chilled ginger beer
    1 thinly sliced lemon
    Mint sprigs, for garnish

    Preparation


    1. In a large pitcher, combine Hoegaarden with ginger beer. Stir in most lemon slices and mint sprigs. Fill 6 rocks glasses with ice. Add remaining lemon slices to glasses and pour in shandy. Garnish each drink with a mint sprig and serve.


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    12. Raspberry-Lemon Rickey

    Recipe courtesy of ivillage.com
    Photo Credit: Colleen Mullaney via ivillage.com

    Ingredients
    8 oz berry flavored vodka
    10 raspberries
    2 oz limoncello
    2 oz simple syrup
    Lime wedges for garnish

    Preparation


    1. In a cocktail shaker muddle together vodka, limoncello, simple syrup, and raspberries.

    2. Fill shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into glasses and serve.


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    13. Bee's Knees II

    Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com
    Photo Credit: allrecipes.com

    Ingredients
    1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
    1 (46 fluid ounce) can grapefruit juice
    1 (8 ounce) jar honey
    2 cups gin

    Preparation


    1. In a blender combine pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, honey and gin. Blend until frothy. Pour into a pitcher and serve.


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    13. The Shifting Sands

    Recipe courtesy of Sasha Petraske via liquor.com
    Photo Credit: liquor.com

    Ingredients
    1.5 oz Beefeater 24 Gin
    2 tsp Maraschino liqueur
    1.5 oz Grapefruit juice
    .25 oz Fresh lemon juice
    Club soda
    Garnish: Grapefruit wedge

    Preparation


    1. Add all the ingredients except the club soda to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.


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    14. Classic Daiquiri

    Recipe courtesy of Rob Chirico via chow.com
    Photo Credit: chow.com

    Ingredients
    1 1/2 ounces light rum
    1 ounce fresh lime juice
    1 teaspoon simple syrup or superfine sugar

    Preparation


    1. Shake all ingredients well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


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    15. Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet

    Recipe courtesy of Moon Mountain Vodka via liquor.com
    Photo Credit: liquor.com

    Ingredients
    2 Fresh basil leaves
    2 (.25-inch) slices Cucumber
    1.5 oz Moon Mountain Vodka
    1 oz Lemonade
    .25 oz Lime juice
    Garnish: Lime wedge or cucumber wheel

    Preparation


    1. In a shaker, muddle the basil and cucumber. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge or cucumber wheel.


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    16. Sauternes and Frozen Stone Fruit

    Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart
    Photo Credit: marthastewart.com

    Ingredients
    1 large peach (about 7 ounces)
    2 medium apricots (about 2 ounces each)
    1/3 cup peach nectar
    1 cup chilled Sauternes

    Preparation


    1. Pit and cut peach and apricots into 1/4-inch dice. Divide fruit evenly among 16 sections of an ice cube tray. Add 1 teaspoon peach nectar to each section (just enough to cover fruit). Freeze, about 6 hours.

    2. Put 4 fruit cubes into each of 4 chilled wine glasses. Pour 1/4 cup chilled Sauternes into each glass. Let stand 5 minutes.


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    17. Piña Colada

    Recipe courtesy of realsimple.com
    Photo Credit: realsimple.com

    Ingredients
    2 ounces cream of coconut
    2 ounces pineapple juice
    1 1/2 ounces light rum
    2 cups ice
    1/2 ounce dark rum
    1 piece fresh pineapple

    Preparation


    1. Place the cream of coconut, pineapple juice, light rum, and ice in a blender. Pulse until smooth and combined, then pour into a glass.

    2. Top with 1/2 ounce dark rum and garnish with a piece of fresh pineapple.


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    18. Strawberry Ginger Punch

    Recipe courtesy of Yvette van Boven via bonappetit.com
    Photo Credit: Oof Verschuren via bonappetit.com

    Ingredients
    1/3 cup sugar
    12 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered if large (about 3 cups), divided
    1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced, divided
    1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, divided
    1 1/2 cups brandy
    3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    2 12-ounce cans club soda

    Preparation


    1. Combine sugar, 1/2 cup strawberries, half of ginger, and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries soften, about 3 minutes. Let cool. Strain and set syrup aside.

    2. Muddle 2 cups strawberries, 1/4 cup basil, and remaining ginger in a large jar or bowl. Add brandy, lime juice, and reserved syrup and stir to combine. Chill at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours to let flavors meld.

    3. Strain mixture into a large punch bowl, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible.

    4. Add club soda and remaining 1/2 cup straw-berries and 1/4 cup basil. Serve over ice.


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    19. Michelada

    Recipe courtesy of Alison Roman via bonappetit.com
    Photo Credit: Danny Kim via bonappetit.com

    Ingredients
    cold Mexican lager (Pacifico, Corona)
    1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
    1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
    1 ounce tomato juice
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    dash hot sauce
    lime wedge
    kosher salt

    Preparation


    1. Rub the rim of a pint glass with a lime wedge and dip in kosher salt; fill glass with ice. Add lime juice, tomato juice, orange juice, and Worcestershire sauce; season with hot sauce. Top off with cold Mexican lager and stir to combine.


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    20. Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

    Recipe courtesy of tailgatermonthly.com
    Photo Credit: madtini.com

    Ingredients
    1 1/2 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
    1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
    1/2 oz. organic blackberry purée
    1/2 oz. simple syrup
    dash aromatic bitters
    1 cardamom pod
    Sparkling wine

    Preparation


    1. Mix all ingredients except the sparkling wine together in a shaker over ice. Shake and pour into a glass over fresh ice and top with sparkling wine.


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    21. French 75

    Recipe courtesy of Eben Freeman via epicurious.com
    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Perrin via epicurious.com">epicurious.com

    Ingredients
    1 lemon
    3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) gin
    1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice
    1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
    1 cup ice cubes
    1/4 cup (2 ounces) dry sparkling wine, such as brut Champagne, chilled

    Preparation


    1. Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. Reserve lemon for another use and set peel aside.

    2. In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.

    3. Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.


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    We hope these summer cocktail recipes inspire you on the summer solstice! Have you tried any of these recipes? Leave a comment below!